TUVALU TO PURSUE LEGAL CHALLENGE AGAINST BRITAIN
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (March 4, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Tuvalu is going ahead
with plans to challenge the terms of separation imposed by Britain when
Tuvalu and Kiribati achieved independence.
Tuvalu and Kiribati were known as the Gilbert and Ellice Islands before
their independence in the late 1970s (Tuvalu in 1978 and Kiribati in
Tuvalu's Prime Minister Koloa Talake told the regional news agency PACNEWS
that Tuvaluans feel cheated by the way Britain shared the assets of the
two small island nations.
He said Tuvalu only got a ship and Kiribati was given much more when the
separation became effective.
Mr. Talake said an Australian legal firm is helping local lawyers to
document evidence, which will be used as the basis for a court challenge.
He said the level of compensation being sought is yet to be decided.
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